One-year Masters studentship in the History of Medicine at Durham University for the academic year 2007-08

The Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease (CHMD) invites applications for a one-year Masters studentship in the History of Medicine. The closing date for applications is 16 April 2007.

The studentship is part of the Taught Masters Programme in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (HPSM) of Durham University’s Department of Philosophy, the CHMD, and the School for Health. It is placed within the framework of the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, a partnership between the universities of Durham and Newcastle, and funded from a Wellcome Trust Enhancement Award which had been awarded to the Northern Centre. It will be available as of October 2007.

The Masters studentship cover fees at home/EU level plus c. £16,800 maintenance. The successful applicant will register for the HPSM programme offered by the Department of Philosophy and the School for Health as of October 2007.

This one-year (two years part-time) programme combines historical and philosophical approaches to medicine and science. In particular, it provides students with a deeper understanding of historical, cultural and philosophical issues in science and medicine from Antiquity up to the present day. One of its primary aims is to show students how the humanities are relevant to a deeper understanding of past and present medical and scientific issues. The breadth of the course’s methods ranges from socio-cultural models to analytical approaches. The programme provides the necessary research training that will either link into further PhD study or act as a stand alone MA; and candidates who have successfully completed the programme will be eligible to take part in the annual Wellcome Trust PhD studentship competition. Further information on the HPSM Masters Programme and the teaching staff can be found on the website at .

Applications for the studentship are invited from highly motivated graduates from various backgrounds including arts and humanities subjects, science, and medicine (including medical students who have successfully completed stage 4 – i.e. four years of medical training – of a qualifying medical degree at an approved university) with a high mark on their first degree (or equivalent) who will commit themselves to a dissertation on a subject within the History of Medicine. Overseas applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must include (a) a statement of up to 400 words outlining your reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate study in HPSM and highlighting your specific research interests in the History of Medicine, (b) a full CV, (c) the names of two referees.

The closing date for applications is 16 April 2007.

How to apply: Applicants need to indicate in their online application to the HPSM programme their intention to apply for the Wellcome studentship. For the online application for postgraduate studies at Durham please see the University website at

For general information regarding postgraduate study at Durham please see the University website at

For information about the HPSM Masters Programme please see the website at

For information about the History of Medicine activities at Durham please see the webpage of the CHMD at

For general questions regarding the application procedure please contact the Postgraduate Secretary, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, 50 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HN, United Kingdom, Email: [email protected]

For specific inquiries about the HPSM Masters Programme contact either Dr Matthew D. Eddy (Department of Philosophy), e-mail: [email protected]; or Dr Lutz D.H. Sauerteig (CHMD), e-mail: [email protected]